Thursday, December 20, 2007
Cockatiels are often underrated as pets due to their smaller size. However, they can be very loving and fun companions!
If you think you might be interested in adding a cockatiel to your life, please fill out a Bird Wanted Questionnaire or stop by the Center during our open hours.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
But, on to happier thoughts! Here is Cuervo, a sun conure that is up for adoption. He's about 10 years old and very tame and friendly. As you can see, he is also gorgeous! Cuervo's owners surrendered him because they moved into a condo and could not have him. Sun conures have a very loud call! But, if you live in a single-family dwelling and are looking to add some brightness to your day, Cuervo just might be your guy!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Burt's luck took an amazing turn when he met and fell in love with the woman who eventually adopted him. Luckily for him, the feeling was mutual and she took him home to live out his days as a cherished member of her family.
Burt loves doing a somersaults! You can see that he does a little jump for joy at the end -- he is so proud of himself. This is something that Burt and his owner do to strengthen their bond and to keep his mind active.
It's so great to see these success stories!
Friday, November 02, 2007
Quakers are illegal in some states, as they can escape and be considered agricultural pests. Two of our volunteers unexpectedly ran into a feral flock of quakers while on vacation in Barcelona, Spain! A quick Internet search unfortunately shows that Spain is planning on offing these cute guys.
If you are interested in adopting Pepsi, Sprite, or any of the other parrots we have up for adoption, please fill out a Bird Wanted Questionnaire!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
On a different topic, you may have seen a video of Snowball, the dancing cockatoo that has taken the Internet by storm! Snowball was surrendered to Birdlovers Only Rescue. CARE volunteers and Birdlovers Only Rescue volunteers have been working together over the past year to share knowledge and to help place birds into appropriate homes. Tonight, Snowball will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman! Best of luck to Irena and Snowball!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I was walking past our large aviary (cage donated by Cages by Design) where the budgies and a few other birds live. I saw this adorable budgie hanging out on the figure 8 rope swing, and I had to take a picture! Many birds love swings -- perhaps it triggers some kind of innate response due to being outside on branches moving in the wind?
Swinging can be great exercise for birds who enjoy it! Some birds will flap away on a swing as you give it a push -- much like a young child on a swing at the park. Of course, you have to make sure that you're not moving too quickly for the bird's comfort zone!
Monday, October 22, 2007
It might be a little difficult to see in this picture, but we wanted to emphasize his playfulness! He came to us a sad, scared macaw that didn't have perches or toys. He didn't know how to perch on perches in his new cage with us, or on people's arms. He'd just hang off of the side of his cage. And even though that's what he's doing in the above picture, he has learned how to perch and does it often!
His feathering has greatly improved from his new diet, and he is keeping his beak trim by playing with toys. Look at all of the wood that he has been chipping!
Here he is, eating some apple. I have not yet met a severe macaw that didn't love to eat red apples!
As we've come to get to know Hector over the past few months, his personality is really starting to shine through. Can you tell that I absolutely love this guy since I keep writing about him? Anyway, we are looking for that perfect forever home for him. He needs a lot of individual attention and an understanding owner since severe macaws tend to be beaky and difficult to live with. He hasn't had the best background, which will take patience and understanding to overcome. But, that special person will be rewarded with fierce loyalty and the devotion of an intelligent, humorous being that is searching for routine and stability in his life.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Amazons are very intelligent. They thrive in a home that will work on keeping them mentally and physically stimulated! Because they have a tendency to become obese perch potatoes, it is important to feed them a healthy diet and incorporate a fun exercise program into their daily routine!
Stop by if you'd like to meet Rio or any of the other birds that we have up for adoption!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Curry is a young lovebird who is very friendly. Some well-meaning grandchildren bought him as a gift for their grandmother from a pet store. Unfortunately, she was afraid of him, and realizing that she couldn't provide him the home he deserved, she surrendered him to us. With the holiday season coming up, please reconsider buying live animals as pets. While it occasionally works out, so many times, it doesn't and the animal suffers. Instead, you can create a gift basket for that person with accessories for the animal and then go with them to a shelter to find an animal that chooses them. That way, everyone wins!!!
Friday, October 12, 2007
His family also adopted Jade, a hybrid macaw that also was at our facility for a long time. Here are Jade and Butch, under close supervision. Jade's personality is more firey than Butch's, but his family is ready for the challenge and Jade's behavior is already improving with consistent, loving care. Look at Butch's long, beautiful tail! When he was surrendered to us, his tail was in very poor shape, but the wonderful care he's received since then has improved his feather quality!
Visitors to the Center may recognize this painting of Butch, as it hangs in our retail area:
Mary Hughes, an extremely talented artist and wonderful person, painted a portrait of Butch from pictures we sent to her. It's hard to believe, but the actual portrait is even more breathtaking than this picture of it! Mary is able to capture amazing detail and somehow the personality of the bird she's painting.
If you're looking for a gift for an animal-loving person in your life -- or just want to commemorate your own animals -- visit Mary's website and see what she can do! The prices are ridiculously reasonable and you'll cherish the resulting painting for generations!!! Stop by to see the painting if you'd like to see the work up close.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Ben is tame and handleable and so far has not shown preference for either males or females.
He is a great toy player and talks and sings to keep himself occupied.
If you are interested in adopting a cockatoo, we recommend that you go to www.mytoos.com and read their website!
Friday, October 05, 2007
In addition, representatives from CARE will be appearing on Fox 6 Milwaukee at 8 am on Tuesday, October9, from the Domes and on Telemundo on Wednesday, October 10 (with translators, of course!)
We really hope to see you there and will have more information about this on the blog next week.
The macaw in the above picture is Jenny, a young B&G macaw that has already been in several homes. She is very intelligent and playful, and would love to find a forever home. If you think that may be you, please visit our website and fill out a Bird Wanted Questionnaire!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Here is a video of some of the finches that we have up for adoption. In the beginning, you hear many of the sounds of other birds in the aviary, but towards the end, you can hear the delightful beeping of these finches.
UPDATE: Millie and Cleo have been adopted, and are in their new home! We love happy endings here!
Monday, October 01, 2007
While parrot rescues such as ours play an important role, it's a role that we wish we didn't need to play. Parrots do not make good pets. They are wild animals, and not well-suited to living in captivity. Very few homes are willing/able to provide the high quality lifelong care these sentient beings require. We see the results every day: parrots that scream, bite, pluck, mutilate, etc. Even with the best possible captive care, some parrots will develop these behavior issues.
That being said, we are realistic. The parrot trade is unlikely to go away anytime soon. CARE, and other reputable rescues, exist to help parrots find new homes, and to educate people about how to provide their bird the best home possible.
But we think it's also important to support organizations that are working to save these majestic creatures in the wild. The Indonesian Parrot Project is one such organization. In a nutshell, they work with former bird-trappers to provide them with alternative means of income. They also work to rehabilitate and release parrots that have been recently captured back into the wild. Please check out their website for more detailed information!
They also sell Molucca nuts, which provides jobs for people who otherwise might be trapping parrots, and helps support their mission. One of our volunteers has been buying these for her parrots, and they love these special treats, even though her parrots are native to Africa and South America; not Indonesia!
Thank you for reading, and once again, thanks for all of your support of CARE over the years. We've helped over a thousand birds find new homes over the years, and we couldn't have done it without you!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
If you are experiencing behavior problems with your parrot and are considering surrendering him or her, please contact us about a behavioral consultation. We would much rather work with you to help you keep your bird. Unfortunately, the avian community is reaching a point where there are so many unwanted parrots and not enough qualified homes available. And with the long life spans of these wild animals, things are only going to get worse.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Millie and Cleo are looking for the home that will just allow them to be birds. A home where they can have a huge cage to play in and around, lots of toys, and good nutrition. They like to have some verbal human interaction, but not so much physical human interaction -- they have each other for that!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Here is a link to an article about a thieving seagull in Great Britain.
We wish everyone a fantastic weekend and maybe we'll see you at the Center on Saturday!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
We have been working with Hector and arranging his environment to encourage perching and wood chewing. We are happy to report that he is more comfortable perching and has been destroying his wood toys!
Severe macaws are very challenging birds and we are looking for an experienced macaw owner for Hector. Since becoming more comfortable at the Center, along with the diet and exercise improvements we have made, he has started to let his spunky personality show.
Many people believe that severe macaws make easier pets than the larger macaws because of their size. This is not true! Severe macaws do not generally adapt well to living in captivity. They tend to be overbearing, opinionated, destructive, and loud. One of our volunteers has a severe macaw that goes through approximately a 2X4's worth of wood every two weeks. They tend to bond strongly to one person. They are extremely intelligent, which means that their owner has to work very hard to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Here is a video of Ditto, a B&G macaw that was surrendered to CARE recently. She has a wonderful personality! She loves to hide her head under her wing (as you can see in the video) and she'll often yell "peek-a-boo!" afterwards. Of course she wouldn't do that when I had the camera on her!
Ditto has already had several homes, including stints totalling about a year on consignment at a local pet store. It is very important that we find her a home where she can live out the rest of her days as a loved companion, with the routine and stability that helps parrots thrive.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
In order: green singing finch, zebra finch, shafttail finches.
Finches can add a touch of the wild to your home, without requiring the hands-on attention of parrots! I haven't had time to look through this whole link, but here is some information about finches. The parts I read sounded correct, but please stop by if you have any questions!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
We still have cockatiels up for adoption, though! This is Brandon, a cockatiel that was surrendered to us on September 1. He was dropped off at a pet store, who then brought him to us, so we don't have any information on his background. He is currently a bit nippy, but improving with daily handling.
another cockatiel that hatched at the Domes. This should go without saying, but if anyone ever overhears someone saying they're releasing their bird or reptile at the Domes, please try to dissuade them. Many animals cannot survive in that environment because they don't recognize the food that's left out for the animals that are supposed to be there. Additionally, the resident cockatiels and budgies reproduce with the released birds that do survive, creating more unwanted parrots.
If you're thinking about adding a bird to your flock, please check out our list of available birds.
Friday, August 31, 2007
We hope to see you down there next year!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
We did a biopsy on her mutilation site. We were very relieved to find out that it was not cancerous. However, the tumor is very bony, and, in consultation with our vet, have decided that the best course of action is to remove the tumor. Because of the nature of the tumor, this will be a difficult undertaking. In the pictures below (warning: rather graphic), you can see how much the tumor is raised from her chest.
Since this is a procedure that is done very rarely, our vet is in the process of consulting with other avian vets to find out what methods, if any, have been successful in the past.
In the meantime, Mango remains at our Center. She loves human attention and playing with her toys. Unfortunately, because of her mutilating, she needed to be collared. We just removed the collar again this morning, as we want her to be able to preen normally, and are monitoring her situation to make sure the mutilating does not do additional damage.
Everyone has fallen in love with Mango, and we are doing everything possible, as we do with all of our birds, to restore her to health.
Monday, August 27, 2007
And then Phyllis entered his life! This little budgie helps Lester out. They preen each other, and she follows him around, making sure that he eats, even on his roughest days. He is much happier since she entered his life; incredibly, he seems to be doing a lot better physically as well.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Here he is on that first day. We had to towel him to check out his injuries and do our intake evaluation. He was very calm.